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5.0 out of 5 stars Can you dig it?, 11 Jun. 2006
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Can are THE progenitors of modern music. There is music before Can and music after Can. Without Can we'd be still listening to endless pentatonic guitar riffs and eviscerated prog self-indulgence. There would be no disco, no electronica, no punk, no "alternative music", no anything. Can showed the way forward for rock in the post-Woodstock confusion. They invented postmodernism in rock by doing the simplest, most unthinkable thing: they deconstructed rock music and put it back together in a new, stripped-down, pulse-driven fashion emphasizing the total effect and totally banishing the bourgeois cult-of-personality song structures of the day. Their music sounds as fresh and invigorating today as it did back in 1968 and their influence can be felt and heard everywhere. It's that simple.

So many critics and listeners just didn't - and still don't - get it. Karoli was out of tune and couldn't play like Clapton to save himself. Suzuki couldn't sing. Liebezeit played the same thing for ten minutes without the Ginger Baker fills and frills every sixteen bars. Czukay's dead leaden sound was more like a burping pulse than a note. Schmidt played more sound effects than "real" music. Yes, exactly! Take away the ego safety net and you're left with the most hypnotic, zentrancing music of the age.

If there is a "secret" to Can it's Jaki Liebezeit. Can understood that in any rock band the drummer is the focus. So Jaki became the pure essence of the music and the others built the rest around him. How rewarding to see him, towards the end of the DVD playing in the early 2000s with an even smaller kit than he did in 1972 - no foot pedals! - and playing just as beautifully and brilliantly.

Ignore the "sages" who say the music died when Damo Suzuki left after "Future Days". These professors didn't listen to Can back then. They're talking through their fundamental orifice. They only "dig" it now because it's cool now to recognise Can's influence. The point is that, like all the greats, Can do what they do without a thought for the narrow-minded and cliché-bound. "Below This Level" embodies Can as much as "One More Night" and is just as infectious.

This DVD excels in every way. It took me over 30 years to finally get to "meet" these guys through this DVD after first being captivated by "Ege Bamyasi" back in 1973. I treasure it. It's my favourite music DVD ... and that's really saying something!
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